Save the Children, a humanitarian organisation, held a conference in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on March 25 to review the outcomes of the HSBC-funded “Mekong Safe Water” project.

Over 13,400 impoverished locals and children in 12 communes in Dong Thap’s Cao Lanh and Thanh Binh districts have benefited from the project.

Under the 5 billion VND (232,000 USD) project, solar-powered water supply systems were installed in four local primary schools.

The project also provided households and kindergartens in the two districts with 2,200 water treatment devices and 370 rainwater storing systems.

Restrooms with hand-washing facilities were constructed at 12 schools.

The provision of clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities has reduced children and their families’ vulnerability to many diseases, particularly diarrhoea, pink eye and dengue fever.-VNA